Brisbane Acupuncture – Labour Induction

Acupuncture for labor induction is safe for both the mother and baby as long as there are no serious complications with the pregnancy. At Brisbane Acupuncture Clinic we find that it is most effective starting the week of your baby’s due date.

Standard Labour Induction
The most common Western method of labor induction uses synthetic Pitocin to jump-start labor. Pitocin will start contractions whether the mother’s body is ready or not. Because the mother’s body is not always ready, labor fails to progress 40-50% of the time, starting a chain of events that can lead to a caesarean section. Synthetic Pitocin also has other serious risks, including fetal distress and cardiac arrhythmia. In addition, most women find that Pitocin causes very intense and painful labor.

Acupuncture Labour Induction
Labor induction with acupuncture stimulates uterine contractions and softens the cervix. The treatment starts a hormonal process which stimulates the mother’s body to release prostaglandins and oxytocin, the
natural hormone that Pitocin mimics. As a result, it is a much more gentle and natural process than Western induction. Because of this, the effects are not instantaneous, as they are in Western induction. Depending on how far into pre-labor the mother’s body is determines the number of treatments needed.